If you were at the first-ever Boston Irish Festival—during the days when it was held on the grounds of Stonehill College—you may remember Black 47 as one of the festival’s stand-out acts. Since then, Black 47 has graced the entertainment roster at our festival several times, and returns to the stage at this year’s Boston Irish Festival on Saturday night, June 8th.

Led by Irish author, playwright, and songwriter Larry Kirwan, Black 47 espouses a thoroughly Irish form of rock ‘n’ roll, with raucous, heartfelt, and intelligent performances of songs covering topics from the Northern Ireland conflict to civil rights and urban unrest in contemporary New York. Black 47 earned their chops playing the pub scene in Manhattan and self-producing their first indie record,Black 47, before converting The Cars’ Ric Ocasek to the cause and gaining mainstream attention with their second album, Fire of Freedom. Years of relentless touring and nine albums later, the band has become a cornerstone of modern Celtic rock.

To purchase tickets online or for more information, please visit the festival websitewww.BostonIrishFestival.info . Tickets for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will be available at the gate as well as in advance. Children under 12 are admitted free of charge on Saturday and Sunday.